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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday February 25, 2024 ( 33 items )  

4 Senior Scientists Receive RCSA's 2024 Holland Awards
TUCSON, Arizona, Feb. 24 -- Research Corporation for Science Advancement issued the following news: Four senior scientists, mentors, and leaders will join the Cottrell Scholar community as recipients of Research Corporation for Science Advancement's Robert Holland Jr. Award for Research Excellence and Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The awards, which come with a $5,000 cash prize, honor the late Robert Holland Jr., an engineer and corporate executive who served on RCSA's Boar  more

ABA Joins State Bankers Associations in Releasing New Ads Urging Representatives Gonzales and Kim to Keep Fighting for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The American Bankers Association issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2024: The American Bankers Association today joined the Texas Bankers Association in releasing an ad asking Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) to continue fighting a relentless surge of new government regulations. ABA also joined the California Bankers Association in a new ad encouraging Rep. Young Kim (R-Calif.) to continue pushing back on overreaching government mandates that threaten the privacy o  more

ABA Report Criticizes Widespread Electronic Monitoring of Migrants
CHICAGO, Illinois, Feb. 24 (TNSres) -- The American Bar Association issued the following news release: A new report from the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration criticizes the federal government's widespread electronic monitoring of migrants and recommends that the program be curtailed. The report, "Electronic Monitoring of Migrants: Punitive not Prudent," was released today and is available online here. The report was written for the commission by three students with the Immig  more

Alliance for Insurance Education and Research: NEW Online Directory Launched for Designation Holders
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research issued the following news release: The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, a premier provider of insurance and risk management education, has unveiled its new Online Designee Directory (https://webapi.scic.com/SCICSearchDirectory/). This directory is a valuable resource for risk and insurance professionals who hold one or more of the National Alliance's prestigious designations such as the Ce  more

Club for Growth: School Freedom Fund Statement on President Trump's TX-HD Endorsements
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- Club for Growth, an advocacy organization, issued the following statement on Feb. 20, 2024: * * * Club for Growth Action's allied Super PAC, School Freedom Fund, issued the following statement in response to President Trumps endorsement of four Texas State House candidates who are running to defeat self-proclaimed "Republicans" who voted against school freedom. School Freedom Fund is running ads in those four districts and 10 additional districts where Republicans oppose  more

CSIS Issues Commentary: What China, Germany, and Texas Tell Us About Capacity Adequacy
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies issued the following commentary on Feb. 21 , 2024: * * * What China, Germany, and Texas Tell Us about Capacity Adequacy By Cy McGeady The Power Line is a newsletter series that reviews key stories in the electric power sector--ranging from grid reliability, transmission issues, and emergent technology and business models. The Power Line will highlight the connections and relevance between the sector's technical, local,  more

Dr. Dominik Lewandowski From University of California Awarded $90,000 Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant for Juvenile Macular Degeneration Treatment Research
FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Feb. 21 -- Knights Templar Eye Foundation issued the following news: Dr. Dominik Lewandowski from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine was awarded a grant for $90,000 for his research entitled: Identifying new strategies for lowering ceramides in the retina as a potential approach in retinitis pigmentosa and juvenile macular degeneration treatment. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and juvenile Stargardt macular degeneration (STGD) are inherited retina diseases   more

First Liberty Institute: Texas Professor Wins Job Back After He Was Fired for Teaching Biology
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 21 -- The First Liberty Institute issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2024: First Liberty Institute today announced that St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas has reinstated Dr. Johnson Varkey, a former adjunct professor, a year after he was fired for teaching standard principles about human biology and reproduction. First Liberty Institute filed a charge of discrimination at the EEOC against St. Philip's and the Alamo Community College District earlier t  more

Galveston ISD Rejects Policy Hiring Unqualified Chaplains, Texas Freedom Network Congratulates Organized Community Members
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 24 -- The Texas Freedom Network issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2024: The Galveston ISD Board of Trustees tonight rejected creating a new policy under SB 763 allowing chaplains who are unqualified to act as school counselors to be employed or accepted as volunteers to serve as "mental health personnel and support" in the district's public schools. SB 763, which went into effect in September 2023, requires every school district in the state to take a vote on w  more

HACU accepting applications for Emerging Leaders' Summit at Southern Connecticut State University, April. 5
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 21 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students to participate in an in-person Emerging Leaders' Summit on April 5, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The event is being presented in partnership with Southern Connecticut State University. Students enrolled at HACU-member institutions i  more

HACU National Internship Program accepting applications for fall session
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 20 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is accepting applications from college students and recent graduates for the fall 2024 session of the HACU National Internship Program. The fall internship program dates are Sept. 2 - Dec. 13, 2024. The online application deadline is June 28, 2024. Click here to apply. The fall internship session is f  more

HACU receives grant from NSF to transform access to research support at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 21 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to support capacity-building for innovative research at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).  HACU is one of eight institutions in the country to receive the NSF award through the Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative   more

IFA ON JOINT EMPLOYER DELAY: CONGRESS STILL NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB AND PASS CRA
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 -- The International Franchise Association issued the following statement on Feb. 22, 2024: * * * Today, Michael Layman, International Franchise Association (IFA) senior vice president of government relations and public affairs, issued the following statement after the effective date of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) expanded joint employer rule was further extended to March 11, 2024, by the judge presiding over the lawsuit pending in the Eastern District of Te  more

Nation of Lifesavers Mobile CPR Unit brings lifesaving skill to Crossover in Indianapolis
DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 18 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The American Heart Association wants more people to be confident and capable when faced with a cardiac emergency, adding more people to the Association's Nation of Lifesavers(tm) movement, which intends to double sudden cardiac arrest survival rates by 2030. According to American Heart Association data, 9 out of 10 of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die,  more

NEVADA PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS RESPOND TO SAM BROWN'S ATTEMPT TO REVISE EXTREMIST ANTI-ABORTION STANCE
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Feb. 23 -- Battle Born Progress, an organization that says it empowers, engages and mobilizes Nevada voters, issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2024: This week, following more than a decade of maintaining an anti-abortion stance through his multiple failed electoral campaigns in Texas and Nevada, Sam Brown is now attempting to rewrite history, claiming to support a woman's right to choose after announcing that his wife, Amy, sought abortion care in 2008. As the Br  more

New Study Released by Right On Crime Recommends Improvements to Louisiana's Community Supervision and Points of Entry
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Feb. 20 (TNSres) -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime, a national campaign focused on conservative solutions to improve our criminal justice system, examines and recommends improvements to the complex and diverse entry points for community supervision in Louis  more

Nursing Pioneer & National Expert in Competency-Based Learning Jan Jones-Schenk to Deliver 2024 NLN Education Summit Keynote Address
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The National League for Nursing issued the following news on Feb. 20, 2024: The National League for Nursing proudly welcomes Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk to present the Keynote Address at the NLN 2024 Education Summit on Thursday, September 18. The leading annual event for nursing education, hosting more than 1,000 nurse educators, nursing education leaders and scholars, and other health professionals, the NLN Education Summit takes place this year at the Marriott Rivercenter on   more

Peggy Brevoort and Morris Shriftman Named Trustees Emeriti of the American Botanical Council
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- The American Botanical Council issued the following news release: The Board of Trustees of the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has named Peggy Brevoort trustee emerita and Morris "Mo" Shriftman trustee emeritus for their many years of service to the organization, whose mission is to "provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine." Brevoort and Shriftman both joined ABC's Board of Trustees in 2  more

Public Citizen: 'Eclipsing Progress' - Three Years After Uri, New Report Shows How TX Electric Utilities Discourage Home Solar
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 12 (TNSres) -- Public Citizen issued the following news release: * * * Rates, fees, and other policies are making solar investments financially difficult for homeowners * * * Texas electric utility policies for residential solar installations make investments in the technology less financially viable and threaten timely deployment in a state that has struggled to meet energy demand, a new report released today by the Texas office of Public Citizen finds. The report, Ecli  more

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility: PFAS in Biosolids Fertilizer Sparks Damages Lawsuit
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued the following news release: The first in what may be a tidal wave of product liability lawsuits has been filed against a major manufacturer of biosolids-based fertilizer for damages caused by toxic chemicals they contain. Fertilizers produced from sewage sludge have dangerous levels of toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), according to laboratory testing arranged by Public Employees for Environmental Res  more

Rep. Monica De La Cruz to Join Grand Opening of The LIBRE Initiative's Community Center in McAllen
MCALLEN, Texas, Feb. 20 -- LIBRE Initiative issued the following news release on Feb. 19, 2024: On Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, The LIBRE Initiative, an organization founded in Mission and committed to empowering the Latino community, will be hosting a grand opening for their new McAllen Community Center. Congresswoman Monica De La Cruz will help kick off the evening's festivities which will include a ribbon cutting ceremony. Media is strongly encouraged to RSVP or confirm  more

Right On Crime Encouraged by Louisiana's Legislative Auditor's Evaluation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Feb. 20 (TNSres)-- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime (http://www.rightoncrime.com/) is encouraged by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's (LLA) Report on the 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a comprehensive and bi-partisan criminal justice package of  more

SwRI 76TH ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 20 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute's advisory trustees, board of directors and special guests gathered at SwRI's main campus in San Antonio for the Institute's 76th Annual Meeting. The event featured presentations on six of thousands of technical projects conducted annually and also included a presentation on capital improvements underway. SwRI staff gave presentations highlighting efforts to reduce greenh  more

SwRI TO HOST SECOND AUTOMOTIVE CORROSION SYMPOSIUM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 21 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute will host its second Automotive Corrosion Symposium in Detroit April 11-12. The event, first held in 2022, is designed to foster communication among corrosion experts from within automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as material, paint and other automotive suppliers over a wide spectrum of industry-identified corrosion issues. "Corrosion is a concern   more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Announces Tech Policy Priorities for 89th Texas Legislative Session
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Better Tech for Tomorrow campaign released its full agenda for the 2025 89th Texas Legislative Session. The campaign evaluates policy solutions through the lens of promoting civic virtue, protecting individual privacy, and ensuring the security, autonomy, and dignity of Texans. In recent years, TPPF's work on tech policy has resulted in successful initiatives to e  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation Submits Comments Opposing California's Harmful Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2024: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation submitted comments on behalf of Western States Trucking Association and Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition opposing California's request for Federal approval of regulations that would force manufacturers of light- and medium- duty vehicles (i.e., most types of cars and trucks) to sell only electric vehicles in California by 2035. Thi  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: District Court Set to Decide Whether Moab Area Off-Roading Trails Remain Open
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 22 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 21, 2024: Today, Utah's federal district court held a hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction to leave 317 miles of public off-roading trails in the Moab, Utah area open, as the Bureau of Land Management seeks to permanently close them. If the trails were to close, they would likely disappear due to natural forces over the next year while the case proceeds. The most prominent p  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to Speak at Texas Policy Summit
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2024: Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will be a keynote speaker for the Thursday, March 21st lunch session of the annual Texas Policy Summit. Lt. Gov. Patrick, a long-time champion in the state Senate for conservative principles, will discuss the highly successful 88th Legislative Session, what the Legislature still has left to do, and what pol  more

Texas Public Policy Foundation: Public Sector Unions Receiving Tax Dollars Violates Texas Constitution's "Gift Clause"
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- The Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release on Feb. 21, 2024: Today, attorneys from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Goldwater Institute delivered oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Texas in Borgelt v. Austin Firefighters Association. The case examines the constitutionality of public sector labor unions' "release time" scheme, which forces taxpayers to pay union organizers' salaries and finance their activities. Under release  more

Texas REALTORS Announces 2023 REALTOR of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21 -- The Texas Association of Realtors issued the following news release: Mario Arriaga of the Houston Association of REALTORS was named the 2023 Texas REALTOR of the Year at the Texas REALTORS Winter Meeting. Arriaga started his real estate career in 1974 and has made invaluable contributions to the REALTOR association, the real estate industry, and the greater Houston community. "Texas REALTOR of the Year is awarded to an individual who embodies unwavering dedication to   more

Texas Young Lawyers Association Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant - New Website Will Help Young Adults Understand Rights, Responsibilities Under Law
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The State Bar of Texas issued the following news release: The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has received a grant of $48,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation to fund a multimedia website to educate students and the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law on reaching adulthood. "Remember as a kid when you couldn't wait to grow up?" asks TYLA President Laura Pratt. "You looked forward to making your own rules and doing whatever you wanted. The  more

The Council for Innovation Promotion and University of Texas at Tyler Host Roundtable on Innovation and Entrepreneurship With Rep. Nathaniel Moran (TX-01)
TYLER, Texas, Feb. 21 -- The Council for Innovation Promotion issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2024: Today, the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) and the University of Texas at Tyler will host a roundtable event featuring special guest Congressman Nathaniel Moran, who represents Texas' first district, along with local entrepreneurs, inventors, venture capitalists, and intellectual property experts. The roundtable will center on how East Texas can continue to grow as a nation  more

TSCRA Supports Rep. Jackson's Resolution Opposing Imports of Paraguay Beef
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 24 -- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued the following statement on Feb. 23, 2024: * * * Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Arthur Uhl released the below statement in support of Rep. Ronny Jackson's resolution disapproving a rule by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to allow imports of fresh beef from Paraguay: "The U.S. beef industry is the gold standard for global safety and quality. Importing fres  more